Ten debut poets published in 2019, including Camonghne Felix and Jake Skeets, share their advice, inspiration, and path to publication.
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“I had to imagine the life of characters who shared some of my own history but had their own unique ways of being in the world.” —Jeffrey Colvin, author of Africaville
Cameron Awkward-Rich discusses turning archival research—traces of the past—into poems.
“Writing—the writing it down—has increasingly become the least important part of the process. Living in the world of the novel, existing as the characters, viewing the day-to-day from their perspective, is the most important thing.” —Jeff VanderMeer, author of Dead Astronauts
The author of Life in a Country Album discusses her influences, the idea of borders, and her multinational background.
“Sometimes at the end of an eight-hour day I’d have a single paragraph to show for it.” —Dexter Palmer, author of Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen
Matt Brogan is the new executive director of the Poetry Society of America. He takes the helm from Alice Quinn, who led the organization for more than eighteen years.
“Much of the book I had no recollection of writing, and it was strange to be confronted with what I’d done, as though I was getting access to parts of my mind I hadn’t known existed.” —Nina MacLaughlin, author of Wake, Siren
“Don’t be afraid to cut it if it’s not working.” —Elaine Equi, author of The Intangibles
“My preferred notebook is a sharp-cornered, hardcover Roaring Spring black marble composition book with 20# paper, item number 77461, college ruled—I’m a Pisces and need a line to keep me grounded.” —Malcolm Tariq, author of Heed the Hollow
A debut memoirist speaks up about post-publication blues and offers some suggestions for how to cure them.
“I don’t trust any readers! And readers shouldn’t trust any writers. We’re all scoundrels, down to the last.” —Kai Cheng Thom, author of I Hope We Choose Love
“In college I had a fiction teacher tell me to make every sentence so good that the reader would have to read the next one. So basic and obvious but I needed to hear it.” —Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours
“I sometimes wish the writing process for me was faster, but things need to percolate in their own time.” —Mimi Lok, author of Last of Her Name
“Read like your work depends on it. It does.” —Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game
The legendary author of Slaughterhouse-Five explores some of the fundamental questions facing aspiring writers.
On October 7, Aracelis Girmay and U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo read from recent work at the 92nd Street Y.
Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian writer Peter Handke have won Nobel Prizes in literature.
Heaven’s Vault, a video game by inkle, requires players to translate the runes of an ancient language.
Carl Phillips, the longtime judge of the Yale Younger Poets prize and the editor of the anthology Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets, on how the prize has evolved during the past century.
The author on five journals that published pieces from her story collection, Moon Trees and Other Orphans.
Unnamed Press, an L.A.–based press, aims to publish story-driven books by underrepresented or marginalized voices.
A narrative medicine program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison helps doctors care for themselves and others through storytelling.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Grand Union by Zadie Smith and Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.
Poet and journalist Alissa Quart is bringing documentary poetry to major media outlets.